Saturday, July 27, 2013

Tour of Cascia & Norcia

Norcia, (Latin: Nursia) an ancient town of Italy, in the province of Perugia in southeastern Umbria, at 604 meters (1982 ft) above sea-level in a wide plain abutting the Monti Sibillini (National Park of Sibillini Mountain), a subrange of the Apennines with some of its highest peaks, near the Sordo River, a small stream that eventually flows into the Nera, and the town is thus popularly associated with the Valnerina (the valley of that river). The area is known for its clean air and beautiful scenery, and is a very good base for mountaineering and hiking. It is also widely known for hunting, especially of the wild boar, and for sausages and ham made from wild boar and pork, to the point that Norcia has given its name to such products: in Italian, norcineria.
The main church in town is the basilica dedicated to St Benedict, still maintained by a Benedictine monastery in modern times. Though the present edifice was built in the 13th century, it stands on the remains of one or more small Roman buildings, sometimes considered to have been a Roman basilica, or alternately the actual house in which the twin saints were born.

Other churches include the Renaissance church of S. Maria Argentea (the Duomo) and the Gothic church of S. Agostino with its many votive frescoes of St Rocco and St Sebastian.

A papal fortress, the Castellina, was built in the 16th century and now houses a small museum with Roman and medieval artifacts, and documents of the Middle Ages and later periods.

The tour included
Trasportation from Rome To  Cascia   8 hours tour +  return to Rome                  
Maximum 6 Passengers  €. 350,00
(€.30,00 each additional passenger)

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